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A higher education avalanche is coming, says new report

Higher education requires “deep, radical and urgent transformation”, says a just-published report from the UK’s Institute for Public Policy Research. A new phase of competitive intensity is emerging, technology is changing and the traditional university is under pressure from, among others, private providers and MOOCs. (...) - University World News, by Karen MacGregor, 16 March 2013, Issue No:263

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[Sénégal] Sit-in à l’Ucad les enseignants vacataires crient leur précarité •

[Sénégal] Sit-in à l’Ucad les enseignants vacataires crient leur précarité • | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Sud quotidien- Le Collectif des enseignants vacataires du supérieur (Cevas) va tenir, aujourd’hui mardi, un sit-in devant l’Agence comptable principale de l’université Cheikh Anta Diop (Ucad) de Dakar. En décidant d’exposer leurs difficultés, les enseignants vacataires exigent le paiement sans délai du second semestre de 2017.  (...) - rewmi.com, 16/01/2018

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[Russia] Parliament to prevent foreign influence on students

The upper house of the Russian national parliament – the Federation Council – is drawing up a package of measures to restrict external pressure and foreign influence on Russian students and universities, according to statements by members of the council.  (...) - University World News, by Eugene Vorotnikov, 12 January 2018 Issue No:488
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When sickness interrupts science

When sickness interrupts science | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

How to balance a long-term illness and a research career. (...) - Nature by Emily Sohn, 10 January 2018

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U.S. Interior Department to put academic, nonprofit grants through political review

U.S. Interior Department to put academic, nonprofit grants through political review | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Memo says grants should align with Trump administration priorities (...) - Science, by y Michael Doyle, E&E NewsJan. 9, 2018

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Universities must prepare for a technology-enabled future

Universities must prepare for a technology-enabled future | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Artificial intelligence and automation are bringing changes to higher education that will challenge, and may even threaten, traditional universities. (...) - The Conversation, by Subhash Kak, Jan 9 2018

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US postdocs need more support from their institutions, says advocacy group

US postdocs need more support from their institutions, says advocacy group | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Compensation, benefits and parental leave, among other issues, continue to be problems for US postdocs, according to the US National Postdoctoral Association (NPA). (...) - Naturejobs Blog, Karen Kaplan, 5 Jan 2018
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[US] NIH tweaks plan to award more grants to younger researchers

[US] NIH tweaks plan to award more grants to younger researchers | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Agency will no longer set a 10-year cutoff for eligibility


U.S. biomedical research leaders are pulling back from a plan to fund 400 additional grants each year from a narrowly defined set of young and midcareer researchers. The agency is tweaking the plan after hearing concerns that the policy was too arbitrary and could shut down productive labs.(...) - Science, by Jocelyn Kaiser, Dec. 15, 2017

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[US] Department of Energy broke law in blocking research funds, report says

[US] Department of Energy broke law in blocking research funds, report says | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Congressional watchdog flags attempted $91 million cut to the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy’s current budget (...) - Science, by Jeffrey Mervis, Dec 13 2017

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[Denmark] New research strategy has an eye on the Nobel Prize

The Danish government has launched a new research and innovation strategy aimed at both getting value for money from spending on research, innovation and the distribution of knowledge based on research, and ensuring research is of the highest quality. (...) - University World News, by Jan Petter Myklebust, 09 December 2017 Issue No:486
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Researcher in Swedish fraud case speaks out: ‘I’m very disappointed by my colleague’

Researcher in Swedish fraud case speaks out: ‘I’m very disappointed by my colleague’ | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Data in a paper about the dangers of microplastics were fabricated, a new investigation finds (...) - Science, by Martin Enserink, Dec 8 2017

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Brexit agreement would allow EU scientists to stay in United Kingdom

Brexit agreement would allow EU scientists to stay in United Kingdom | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Larger political deal achieves a long-standing goal of scientific community, but hard tasks lie ahead (..) - Science, by Erik Stokstad, Dec. 8, 2017

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L’enseignement supérieur en Algérie : un défi constant

L’enseignement supérieur en Algérie : un défi constant | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
L’Algérie fait face à un double enjeu : intégrer la jeunesse de sa population dans la société et préparer les activités de l’après-pétrole.
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Hundreds of German universities set to lose access to Elsevier journals

Hundreds of German universities set to lose access to Elsevier journals | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Negotiations to reduce journal prices and promote open access are progressing slowly. (...) - Nature, by Quirin Schiermeier, 2017/12/05

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Brexit : 2 300 universitaires européens ont quitté le Royaume-Uni en 2017

Brexit : 2 300 universitaires européens ont quitté le Royaume-Uni en 2017 | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

La décision britannique de quitter l’Union européenne commence à engendrer une fuite des talents universitaires européens, avec une hausse de 19 % des départs. (...) - Le Monde, par Soazig Le Nevé, 15/01/0218

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[US] University of Rochester president resigns as outside attorney issues report on sexual harassment case

[US] University of Rochester president resigns as outside attorney issues report on sexual harassment case | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Joel Seligman made announcement before seeing sexual harassment report, university says


Shortly before it became public today that the president of the University of Rochester (U of R) in New York will resign next month, an outside investigator hired by the school to examine its handling of sexual harassment allegations against linguistic researcher T. Florian Jaeger announced her conclusion that Jaeger did not violate university policies or sexually harass students and that accounts by his accusers are “exaggerated and misleading in many respects.”(...) - Science, by Meredith WadmanJan. 11, 2018

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[Germany] Court overturns university admissions restrictions regime

According to a recent Federal Constitutional Court ruling, the procedure for allocating places to study medicine in Germany is unfair. The court calls on federal and state governments to establish new procedures. (...) - University World News, by Michael Gardner, 09 January 2018 Issue No:488
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[Chille] Majority of universities are now research-oriented

For the first time in Chile there are more complex universities, that focus on research and also teach six or seven PhDs in three or more disciplines, than teaching-only universities.  (...) - University World News, by María Elena Hurtado, 09 January 2018 Issue No:488
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[Australia] University funding to be 'frozen' in time by federal cuts

Planned federal cuts of more than AU$2 billion (US$1.6 billion) would mean university funding was 'frozen in time' and would force severe reductions in student numbers, according to Universities Australia. (...) - University World News, by Geoff Maslen05 January 2018 Issue No:488
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[US] Trump’s Disdain for Science

[US] Trump’s Disdain for Science | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Much of what the federal government does has scientific and technological underpinnings. Yet the president has still not appointed a science adviser. (...) - The New York Times, by NEAL F. LANE and MICHAEL RIORDAN, Jan 4, 2018

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My children make me a better scientist

My children make me a better scientist | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Having children can offer unique career benefits, this scientist writes (....) - Science, by Samantha Grover, Dec 14, 2107

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Research funding for US universities up for first time in five years in 2016

Non-profit organizations and other funding sources also funnelled more into academic research. (...) - Nature, 12 Dec 2017

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LERU universities contribute €100 billion to economy

Investment in leading research universities generates a substantial return for the wider economy, and the 23 members of the League of European Research Universities or LERU are contributing almost €100 billion (US$117 billion) to the European economy and 1.3 million jobs, according to a new study.  (...) - University World News, by Jan Petter Myklebust and Brendan O’Malley, 08 December 2017 Issue No:486
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[Sweden] Government pulls plan to fight social inequity in HE

Minister of Higher Education and Research Helene Hellmark Knutsson has withdrawn government proposals to make universities work harder to combat social inequity in access to higher education following strong opposition from within the sector. (...) - University World News, by Jan Petter Myklebust, 08 December 2017 Issue No:486
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US science gender gap unpicked

Differences in publication rates and salaries analysed.


Three US studies shed light on efforts to increase diversity in academic hiring and on differences between female and male scientists’ publication rates and salaries. One study finds that female PhD holders in the United States submit and publish fewer manuscripts, including as first author, than do men. (...) - Nature 552, 140 (2017)

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Book dissects research fraud from an organizational level

Book dissects research fraud from an organizational level | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Using a database of 750 cases of research fraud from around the world, professors examine fraud as a phenomenon, tracing its history and trajectory and looking at what can be done about it. (...) - Inside Higher Ed, by Nick Roll, Dec 5 2017

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